Legacy Watermelon is an open-pollinated, heirloom that matures in 85 days. A watermelon that revolutionized the industry! An Allsweet type watermelon with a beautiful dark green striped rind. Attractive, deep red, firm flesh with a very good taste with large dark brown mottled seeds. Legacy Watermelon has an a very tight placenta placement with no splits or cracks in the heart. The bright rind color and the firm flesh holds well, allowing a longer harvest window and shelf life. It has a very uniform oblong shape thus reducing the tapering ends which usually contributes to a high percentage of culls. Averages 22-25 lbs, however,with reduced plant populations it has the ability to exceed 25 lbs if conditions are favorable. Very productive. All the qualities of this melon make it an excellent shipper. Wilt tolerant and some ability to resist sunburn. **PVP
How to grow Legacy Watermelon?
Legacy Watermelon plants have sparse leaves and need a lot of sunshine and heat to mature their fruit. The Legacy Watermelon plant roots are delicate and require high nutrition and lots of water. For all that effort, you’ll be rewarded by the ripest, sweetest watermelons you’ve ever tasted. Read through the handy and useful guide ‘How to Grow watermelon’ and grow refreshing flavorful watermleons this summer!
It is essential to start Legacy Watermelon seeds indoors or in a greenhouse mid to late April. Transplant at the end of May or first week of June, when the plants are 5 weeks old. Optimal soil temperature for germination: 20-25°C (68-77°F). Seeds should sprout in 5-10 days.
Sow Legacy Watermelon seeds ½” deep. Set transplants 24-36″ apart in rows 5-6′ apart.
Ideal pH: 6.0-6.8. Choose a warm, well-drained soil for Legacy Watermelon. Add dolomite lime and compost or well-rotted manure to the bed and ½-1 cup of complete organic fertilizer beneath each transplant. Watermelons need really warm growing conditions. Use black plastic mulch, cloches, or floating row covers. Success may improve in raised beds. Watermelons plants require 8-10 weeks of good, hot growing weather from the middle of June to the end of August. During that time, a melon vine must grow 5-9 leaves before starting to flower, then set 4 or more male flowers before making its first female flower, and then ripen its fruit before cool, damp weather sets in. Watermelons do not ripen off the vine. During the entire growing season, make sure to provide ample water.
Legacy Watermelon fruit will ripen in late August to early September. Watermelon is ripe when the tendril nearest to the fruit withers and dries up.
In ideal conditions at least 60% of Legacy Watermelon seeds will germinate. Usual seed life: 3 years. Per 100′ row: 60 seeds, per acre: 5.2M seeds.
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